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Iraq's slow grind to retake IS-held Mosul

Iraqis who left their homes due to clashes between Iraqi forces and Daesh arrive to Iraqi army controlled Maghrib neighbourhood in Mosul Iraq Iraq's slow grind to retake IS-held Mosul
Danilo Martir | 29 May, 2017, 02:57

The force reports nominally to Iraq's Shiite-led government and has Iranian military advisers.

The officers, who spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, say IS militants have deployed snipers, suicide vehicle bombers and suicide attackers on foot.

Lise Grande told the BBC residents were in grave danger as so-called Islamic State (IS) was directly targeting families.

Sha'aban Nasiri, a former major-general in Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was killed in battle near Mosul, Joint Operation Command spokesman Col. Mohammed Ibrahim.

On Friday, the government dropped leaflets urging civilians to flee.

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Army, police and elite counterterrorism units began the assault on the edges of western Mosul's Old City before dawn, backed by USA -led coalition airstrikes and artillery. In Mosul, Iraqi forces are steadily closing in on remaining pockets of territory held by IS, but unlike past urban battles against them in Iraq, the militants still hunkered down in the city are mounting a stiff resistance, and the more the battle stretches out, the greater the risk for civilians remaining behind.

"The Iraqi government must ensure all exit corridors are genuinely safe for people to flee", it said.

Residents in the Old City sounded desperate in telephone interviews over the past few days. Since the Mosul operation was launched in October, Iraqi forces have encouraged civilians to remain in their homes to avoid massive displacement.

The United Nations has said the battle has left more than 8,000 civilians dead or wounded, but that figure only comprises people transferred to medical facilities.

On Saturday Iraqi forces launched an operation to capture the enclave, which includes the densely populated Old City center and three adjacent districts.

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Grande also said "my heart, prayers and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester attack and their loved ones". Peter's Square in prayer, saying he was "close to the relatives and all those who are weeping for the dead".

The United Nations said that "as many as 200,000 additional people may try to leave in coming days" and that both Iraqi forces and ISIS fighters are obligated under global law to protect civilians. ISIS fighters have utilized any dastardly advantage they can in an attempt to maintain their hold on western Mosul, including the use of human shields and suicide bombers.

The three neighbourhoods are seen as the last areas that separate Iraqi forces from ISIL's last bastion in Mosul's Old City.

The IRGC is the main backer of the Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitary force known as Popular Mobilisation. Iran has provided weapons, training and advisers credited with important early victories against the extremists in 2014 before the US began a campaign of airstrikes targeting the group.

Iraqi military commanders had expressed hope of taking control of the Old City's Grand al-Nuri mosque, from which Baghdadi declared the caliphate, before the fasting month of Ramadan, which starts on Saturday or Sunday in Iraq.

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